School of Computing

Year in Computing

The Year in Computing is a free-standing, self-contained year, offered to students from other Schools in the University and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year).


Applications for September 2019 are now closed. They will reopen for 2020 on 31 October 2019

How does the Year in Computing fit into my degree?

During the year you will work exclusively within the School of Computing, returning to your home School and registered degree and ultimately graduating (if successful) with your current degree title augmented with the words with a Year in Computing.

The Year in Computing is suitable for you if you are a current Kent undergraduate and if:

  • You are interested in studying computing AND your degree.
  • You would like to get prepared for a career in tech
  • You are interested in exploring the frontiers of your subject and computing
  • You want to learn how to be creative with computing.

What would I learn?

This is a specially designed, self-contained, one-year programme which will take you further than simply being able to 'code'. By concentrating teaching around web technologies you will work with both back-room, business-focussed, and front-end, user-focussed, software: you will not only learn to drive the car, but also how it works.

Working with web technologies means you will be exposed to an entire collection of software. In the back room, this means understanding computer operating systems and networks, learning a programming language, storing and manipulating data, and integrating with a Web server. At the front-end it means producing web pages using HTML, CSS and Javascript that work well, look good and are easy to interact with.

The Year in Computing is taught separately from the undergraduate Computer Science programme.

By which date do I need to apply?

Students wishing to begin the programme in September 2020 will be considered on a rolling basis and applications will open on 31 October 2019. The closing date has yet to be agreed, but it is likely to be the end of April 2020.

If you are a Stage 2 student, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so that you will know whether or not you have been accepted on to the Year in Computing before making your module choices for Stage 3.

What skills would I gain?

By the end of the year you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of technology and how it is used in the contemporary world.
  • Have a good foundational knowledge of coding that is focused on the ideas of programming, not just learning a specific language.
  • Build dynamic, modern web-based systems.
  • Understand how data can be used to tackle complex problems.
  • Have a practical grasp of methods for presenting data and designing interactions with computer-based systems.

What is the curriculum?

Autumn Term

Spring Term

An Introduction to Computer Systems:
From the desktop to the global Internet. (15 credits)

Solving Problems with Data:
Collecting, analysing and portraying data from specific domains, businesses, and the world. (15 credits)

HCI and the User Experience (UX):
Designing information and applications for their users and their purpose (15 credits)

Web Development:
Building and managing large scale, dynamic, web applications. (15 credits)

An Introduction to Web Technologies and Programming:

  • Presenting information (HTML and CSS)
  • A general introduction to programming, through coding in Javascript
  • Storing information (databases and SQL).
  • Dynamically generating content for web pages from stored data (PHP). (30 credits)

Putting what you've learnt into practice in a larger piece of work, perhaps related to your home discipline. (30 credits)

How is the course assessed?

Except for the project, modules on the Year in Computing are assessed by a mixture of coursework and unseen examinations. Coursework is typically practical in nature, with deadlines spaced throughout the module.

Who can join the Year in Computing?

The year will be available to any University of Kent undergraduate students (Canterbury or Medway) who have completed Stage 2 or 3 of their degree in any subject other than Computer Science, Computing, Business IT or related joint honours degrees.

  • For entry between stage two and stage three: Applicants must have achieved at least an academic average of 50% in stage one.
  • For entry after stage three: Applicants must have achieved at least an academic average of 50% in stage two.

Is there anyone who can't apply for the Year in Computing?

You cannot apply if you are:

  • not currently resgistered as an undergraduate student at the University of Kent
  • registered as a student in the School of Computing
  • registered as a student in the School of Psychology (please talk to your School about the reasons behind this).

What do I need to get in?

  • We expect you to have an average of 50% in your current modules (see above), and a record of good attendance; we want to know that you are coping with the demands of university study.
  • We expect you to have an evidenced interest in computing, but not necessarily any prior experience of coding.
  • We will ask you to provide a short description of why you are interested in the Year and what you hope to get out of it.
  • If your application passes this stage, we will invite you to a selective interview to discuss what you have said in your application, and to give us (and you) confidence that the course is right for you. The interview may include a short, informal, aptitude test.

What will this cost me?

In terms of cost, the Year in Computing should be viewed simply an additional year of study, making a three-year degree into a four-year degree. If you pay your own tuition fees, then you will have to pay for an extra year. For those eligible, student loans should normally be available for all four years. However it is your responsibility to check with the Loan Authority that they will continue to give you financial support on the new programme.

What qualification does this lead to?

Students who successfully complete the Computing year and their home degree will graduate 'with a Year in Computing'. The full transcript of your degree results will include your marks for the Year in Computing, as evidence of your achievement for potential employers.

How does this affect my current degree?

Your degree classification will depend on your main degree subject and not the Year in Computing which is a pass/fail year. If you pass the year, you will get 'with a Year in Computing' added to your degree title. If you fail, you will drop back to your current degree. You do not risk your current degree classification by doing the year.

How does this affect my current degree accreditation?

Please talk to staff in your home school about whether adding a Year in Computing will affect your accreditation or not.

Can I extend my visa to do the Year in Computing?

International students wishing to add the Year in Computing course will be approved on a case by case basis in accordance with UK immigration regulations and the University’s Tier 4 policy on Academic Progression and Change of Course. Students also need to be aware that they may need to return home overseas to apply for a new visa to add the year to their degree.

Where will the Year in Computing be taught?

The programme will be run on the Canterbury campus. Medway students would need to move to, or commute to, Canterbury for the year.

What are the contact hours for the Year in Computing?

This timetable shows what the first cohort of Year in Computing students were taught and when. Please note, the timetable is provided for illustration only. The timetable in any particular year may vary.

Can I take a Year in Computing as a postgraduate student?

Unfortunately not. The programme is open to Kent undergraduates, not Master's or PhD students.

Can I extend my four-year programme to a five-year programme by adding the Year in Computing?

The simple answer is yes, this is suitable for students who have also studied on a year abroad or taken a Year in Industry. Student finance can usually be extended to five years, however it is your responsibility to check with the Loan Authority that they will continue to give you financial support on the new programme. If you have any specific questions about this, please contact us on

Can I apply now? I'm a second year and want to do YinCo after my final year.

We only accept applications for students wishing to study the Year in Computing in the following September. If you want to study the Year in Computing in subsequent years, please apply nearer the time.

Would I gain the same knowlege on a Master's course as on the Year in Computing?

You can study for a conversion Master's in Computer Science if you have a good degree in another subject and neither this Master's nor the Year in Computing assumes any prior knowledge of computing. However the content of the two programmes and the way they are funded are quite different. Both of these programmes will equip you for a tech-based career. It is important that you consider which is the most appropriate for you.

Want to learn more?


We will hold an information meeting for potential applicants in January 2019.

Apply for the Year in Computing

Please apply for the School of Computing's Year in Computing starting September 2019 using the form below. If you have any questions about the Year in Computing or your application please email

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824180 or contact us.

Last Updated: 03/05/2019